The iPhone really helped turn Apple into a global brand. First released in 2007 the Apple iPhone took the mobile space by storm and in short time it became one of the most popular smartphones in the world. For the first time ever Apple has revealed some details about the development process of the iPhone.
We know Apple to be a very secretive company when it is working on new products. They create makeshift windowless rooms where only authorized members of the development team can gather and work. Many times people from different departments are recruited and their colleagues really never know what is happening behind closed doors.
Greg Christine, who was first recruited to work on the iPhone in 2004 recalls the room as “hallowed ground”. He says the room was windowless and was lit by fluorescent lights that hung from the ceiling. Some of the walls even had flood damage from an adjacent bathroom. Inside of the room was a system that Apple put together to run software prototypes of the original iPhone in 2006. The system was made up of a plastic touchscreen device called “Wallaby”, which was hooked to an outdated Mac to simulate the slower speeds of a phone.
This gives you a rather interesting glimpse into the creation of one of the most revolutionary phones of our time. Since its release in 2007 Apple has sold more than 500 million iPhones.
Source: The Wall Street Journal | News Archive